A trip to Whole Foods in Cheltenham last week with friends provided me with lots of inspiration. There were the delicious burritos we had for lunch stuffed with rice, black beans, shredded pork, vegetables, chilies, sour cream and cheese. They are sure to go down well with the teenagers and I will be making my own version soon. Then there were the free samples of salty-sweet popcorn which I will also be recreating at home. I tasted a green smoothie and found it to be unexpectedly delicious. I bought one to have at home for breakfast the next day and felt virtuous for the rest of the week. I'm seriously thinking of making my own green smoothies, just for me.
Apple, kale, spinach, kiwi, banana, lemon and ginger
I'm doing something else in my quest for culinary inspiration. I've started a five year cook's diary. It most definitely isn't a food diary, those soul-destroying accounts of every calorie ingested. It's a record of what I cook each day (most days). Not just meals but baking and preserving as well. I'll be able to see if I was making quince jelly at the same time each year, when I cooked the first asparagus of the year, or the first forced rhubarb as well as how often we end up having the same things over and over.
I haven't made any firm menu plans for the next few days. Instead I have grouped ingredients I think will work well together and we'll see what happens.
Smoked haddock, leeks, cheddar, cream, crusty white bread
Butternut squash, mozzarella, slow cooked onions, kale
Minced lamb, za'atar, smoked hummus, chickpeas, flat bread, mint, yogurt
Cod, lentils, bacon, mash
Sweet potato, curry paste, coconut milk
Forced rhubarb, cream, ginger
As for tonight's meal - spaghetti bolognese. Apparently one of the most commonly eaten family meals in the country according to The Daily Mail. We have it rarely, honest gov, so it's a bit of a treat in our house, also I don't read The Daily Mail except by accident.